A Darkening Acre of Shade takes the reader on a twisting, turning adventure into a part of South America that most people never knew existed. Enter the world of a ruthless and sinister man who will stop at nothing to achieve his desires. Even to the point of risking the livelihood of his closest family members. To him, nothing matters more than achieving American citizenship, where he can walk freely through the nation expanding his illegal enterprise.
Jake Snow is an unmarried, intelligent, entrepreneurial kind of guy. He subcontracts himself as a conveyor consultant for some of the larger package distribution companies, in stints just lucrative enough to let him live a very pleasurable lifestyle. The time in between engagements is mostly spent flying his float plane in and around the waters of Lake County, Florida. He sees this life as sort of an early retirement plan, taken in installments.
Jake views the world differently than most would and has a knack for figuring out the hard questions. He often finds himself occupied in solving those unusual challenges that others cannot or tracking down some miscreants who have caused some amiss. A “righter of wrongs,” if you will.
In this adventure, Spanish culprits wreak havoc through arson and destruction to camouflage their real motive; kidnapping Jake’s best friend to a remote airfield where a twin engine airplane whisks them off into the darkened night. Jake’s attempt to follow them fails and leaves him staring into the moonlight as the plane flies away. Then he notices movement in the shadows of the trees lining the airfield. A cigar smoking man speaks to him in accented broken English. The man tells him he must travel to Cartagena, Colombia if he ever wants to see his friend alive again.
Upon arrival in the foreign land, Jake finds himself held against his will, in the high walled estate of a prominent business socialite with ancestral ties to the Escobar Empire. Eduing Vargas is the ruthless commerce magnate who forces Jake to design and network a distribution system. Moving designer drugs into the United States through a business masked with legitimate products using the EBay and Paypal organizations. Jake must also consent to a marriage with Vargas’ daughter in order to procure U.S. citizenship for Eduing in the most expedient way possible. Jake’s life as he knew it suddenly ceases to exist. Heavily guarded by the nasty Vargas henchmen, Jakes choices are made very simple; cooperate and his friend will live, refuse and they will both die.
Eduing’s beautiful daughter Maria is a well educated Colombian historian, specializing in the Arts and Culture of the northern regions. Initially, Maria’s attitude toward Jake is cold and evasive, and Jake can’t understand why she so easily consents to Eduing’s desires. But, as he works his magical charm with her, the ice soon begins to crack. Eduing’s societal standing commands the local press to capture his daughter’s brief courtship in newspapers and magazines. The couple has to be seen in the spotlight, enjoying the sights and events in and around Cartagena.
During one of these events, Jake discovers the primary drive behind Eduing’s hold over his daughter. Maria has a son, taken from her shortly after birth by a father who could not accept her lifelong love as his only son-in-law. With this revelation, Jake begins to set the stage for the most brilliant and exciting break-away since Attenborough and McQueen played in The Great Escape. A break-away, that now not only includes himself and his best friend, but Maria and her son as well. But, he desperately needs to crack through the barrier between them. He needs Maria to gather information, deceive her father, and develop the trust necessary for the pair to plan and carry out the escape.
Written in the first person, A Darkening Acre of Shade rides a rollercoaster through veiled questions, coded messages, map details and the secret sealed tunnels of the ancient fortress which overloo
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Published March 10, 2012
by Alan Meyers Starkey.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction.